OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The No. 2 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team went on the road to take on No. 19 Stevenson University and exploded for five goals in the fourth quarter for a 13-6 win at Mustang Stadium on Wednesday night in front of over 1,000 fans.
The victory marks the fourth win for Salisbury against the Mustangs in the last six meetings between the in-state rivals.
The Mustangs got on the board first, just 1:23 into the contest with a Matt Tompkins finish on the doorstep. Thomas Cirillo responded two minutes later with a man-up goal, but Stevenson grabbed another off a Morgan Pritchett tally with 6:57 left in the quarter.
Cirllo once again responded quickly with a man-up goal, finishing off a threaded Brady Dashiell feed from deep. Cirillo caught the pass up top and let one go to the low-left corner to even the score.
Dashiell and Pritchett each notched tallies to end the first quarter in a 3-3 tie.
Garrett Reynolds opened up the scoring for the second quarter; Nathan Blondino set up behind-the-net and hit a cutting Reynolds, who buried it low with a quick stick for his sixth marker of the season.
Stevenson came back with a goal with a little under four minutes left in the half, but Cirillo once again had a timely answer, scoring on the door step off a beautiful James Burton feed with 2:52 on the clock.
Stevenson brought the score to 5-5 with a skilled under-hand shovel shot on the man up from Matt Tompkins.
With the seconds waning before half, Burton took a shot that beat the Stevenson keeper, but the officials waved it off and sent the teams into halftime.
At halftime, Salisbury had the edge in shots at 25-12 and a big edge in faceoffs, with Duncan Campbell going 9-for-12 from the X.
Salisbury got its third man-up goal of the game with Dashiell making a great pass across his body from behind-the-cage to Blondino, who buried it low a minute and a half into the third quarter.
Blondino took an identical low shot a minute later off a Carson Kalama feed to bring the lead to 7-5.
Following a man-up goal by the Mustangs, Kalama brought the lead back to two when Cirillo took a hard shot that the keeper stopped, but Kalama reached his stick in the crease, nabbed the groundball and tucked it in for the score.
With Salisbury having possession at the end of the third on the man down, it started with the ball in the fourth and Christian Ottenritter drew two long poles but broke through the double and got to the front of the net and buried it 13 seconds into the quarter just as the penalty was released.
Salisbury got the lead to four after a huge Preston Dabbs caused turnover led to instant offense. Pax Howard scooped the ensuing groundball and cleared it to Blondino. Blondino ripped a pass to Kalama on the crease who gave a fake then cashed it.
Thirteen seconds later, Salisbury got back in the scoring column as Campbell won the draw and Cirillo found Dashiell on the crease, who put it up top for the goal. The flurry continued just 64 seconds later with Kalama adding one off a Jake Rotman assist.
With Stevenson starting to pressure the ball, leading to both sides playing a fast back-and-forth game, Salisbury added a late goal from Blondino from a Chase Berquist assist to cap the game's scoring and give Salisbury the 13-6 road win.
Joshua Dean got the win in net for Salisbury, amassing six saves, while Connor Skeen took the loss for Stevenson.
The Salisbury defense was beyond impressive the entire contest, allowing just 26 shots for the game. Dabbs caused three turnovers, while Andrew Ternahan, Davis Anderson, Will Nowesnick, and Aaron Leeds all had two takeaways.
Ternahan led the team in groundballs with six, as Leeds, Campbell, and Kalama all added four in the win.
Salisbury is back in action on Saturday, March 12, when it is back at Sea Gull Stadium for its Capital Athletic Conference season opener against St. Mary's College of Maryland. The CAC opener is slated for 1 p.m.